Travelling to Events Centre
1. What’s the best route for me to get to the Events Centre?
There are many options to get downtown to the Events Centre on an event night. The options depend on which direction you’re travelling from, and what you’re looking for in terms of drop off and parking. The key is to think about which route you will travel, which option you are looking for when it comes to parking during the event, and finally which option works best when the event is over.
This site outlines all the options that will allow you to discover the “Ins and Outs” of getting to and from the new Events Centre to figure out which one will work best for you.
2. Where can I park?
That depends on what you’re looking for. There are countless options for you depending on your circumstance. This site outlines all the options that will allow you to discover the “Ins and Outs” of getting to and from the new Events Centre and guide you in figuring out which option will work best. The map in the “Options” section lists all of the free and paid parking choices that exist today in the downtown area.
3. Why is parking so far away? How can I get to the Events Centre if I’m in a wheelchair or have trouble walking?
If walking or mobility is an issue for you there are a number of options to accommodate your circumstance.
- There are a number of accessible parking spots at the Events Centre site. These first come first serve spots will be available to event goers for every event.
- If accessibility spots have been filled, accessibility drop-off is available in front of the Events Centre plaza on Canada Street. This will allow you to drop off those with walking challenges and then drive a short distance to on-street parking or a nearby lot before joining inside the Centre.
- Another option is to park in the one of 1,500 on-street or metered parking spaces between Main Street and St George Street. Then, you can walk to Main Street and hop on a blue line Codiac Transpo bus that will drop you off at the Centre’s front door.
- Another option is Ability Transit, if you are eligible to access this service, which will drop you off in front of the Centre on Canada Street.
- Finally, you can also travel by taxi with dedicated taxi drop off and pick-up directly across the street from the Centre, on Highfield Street.
It’s important to remember that a large portion of the available parking options around the Events Centre are within a 3 to 7-minute walk, which is about the same distance that many patrons walked when attending events in the past at the Moncton Coliseum.
4. Why was an Events Centre planned without on-site parking?
There are three main reasons why on-site parking isn’t being offered at the new Events Centre:
- Downtown Moncton already has sufficient parking spaces to accommodate events (learn more about this here).
- By adopting a best-practice approach of ‘dispersed’ traffic, you won’t be rushing to your vehicle only to sit in a parking lot for 20-30 minutes to exit the site. All event-goers will be heading to vehicles in different areas of downtown, so once you hop into your vehicle, you’ll be heading home in no time!
- Finally, the goal of building the Centre, besides attracting world-class sporting and entertainment events, is to encourage downtown development. This helps to increase the City’s tax base, which in turn supports not only the delivery of basic services, but also quality of life infrastructure, such as public transit, social inclusion initiatives, trails and community centres. That’s a win for everyone! (Did you know? Already over $45 million in new development is occurring in downtown since construction began on the Centre, with more projects being planned.)
5. Why can’t parking be free?
There are, in fact, many free parking options downtown when attending the Events Centre. Within a 7 to 10-minute walk there are over 1,500 free on-street and free metered parking spots available for use. If walking or mobility is an issue, there are options to drop-off on Canada Street near the Plaza. The key is to plan in advance to determine what’s the best option for you!
Did you know? What was thought to be “free” parking at the Moncton Coliseum does not take into account the approximately $750,000 per year it has cost Moncton’s taxpayers to keep the entire parking lot plowed and maintained. Through the many options for parking and transportation downtown, those who use paid parking options will now be the ones paying for their respective parking – not just Moncton taxpayers.
6. How will I know where there is parking available?
If you’re not used to visiting downtown, here are a few tips to make finding parking a bit easier:
- Plan ahead and do your research. In the Options section of this site, you can find maps that show various options (on-street parking, City-owned lots or privately-owned lots).
- Give yourself lots of time, especially for large events (where over 6,000 tickets have been sold). Carpooling is a great option to consider!
- Look for signage that indicates whether parking is permitted or not. You are responsible for choosing a parking spot where it is allowed.
With over 3,000 spaces available downtown, you’ll find your best option!